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Mendeley guide

Getting Started

1. Move to Mendeley.
2. Click Create account in the top right corner of the front page.

3. In the next window, enter the email address you use and click Next.
4. In the next window, enter your first and last name, and specify yourself a password for the service. Click Next.
5. Now the registration is complete, and you can start compiling the reference database by moving to the Library section.


When you click on your name in the top right corner of the web site, the menu that pops up allows you:

  • to edit your profile (Settings),
  • to view your privacy settings (Privacy Center),
  • to open Mendeley's download site (Download Mendeley),
  • to open Mendeley's guide site (Help Guides),
  • to open a support center (Help Center), as well as
  • sign out of the service (Sign Out).




Mendeley utilities

In order to get the full benefit of Mendeley in your writing work, you need some utilities that facilitate your work. When you create an account with Mendeley as stated above, you can immediately access Mendeley's browser version (Mendeley Reference Manager web). It is also possible for you to install Mendeley's desktop app for yourself if the browser version features are not sufficient. There are two options to choose from desktop apps: Older Mendeley Desktop and newer Mendeley Reference Manager. Both are available from Mendeley's download site (Download Mendeley). However, it is good to keep in mind that these installations are done by Centria IT support for school machines when requested.

In browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge), it is possible to install the browser add-in, which allows you to facilitate the transfer of references from certain databases to your Mendeley library. Web Importer is downloadable like wise from Mendeley's download site (Download Mendeley).

There is a dedicated utility also for word processing, which is discussed in more detail in the section on the use of "Mendeley in a word processor".

Help video - Getting started